Diana Sudyka (pronounced soo-dee-kah) is an American illustrator and printmaker from whose work graces album covers, young adult books, concert posters, and original paintings. In the series I want to show you today, the artist starts with a European stamp, which she then incorporates into a fantasy painting. Using gouache, ink, and watercolor, Sudyka beautifully intertwines people and animals and landscapes and other natural elements to create something magical. Her work often includes hand-painted phrases, which add to the storybook-like effect of her pieces.
When Sudyka isn’t painting, she’s volunteering in the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History bird lab. I suspect that’s where she gets the inspiration for many of her natural elements.
“Her Instagram feed sometimes has a disproportionate amount of pictures of lichens and moss.” -About Diana Sudyka
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